Temporary exhibitions

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The art of building a masterpiece: Trajan's Column
Leonardo and His Books: The Library of the Universal Genius
Leonardo da Vinci and Perpetual Motion
From Hell to the Empyrean. Dante's World between Science and Poetry
Leonardo da Vinci: Visions. Technological challenges of the Universal Genius
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Relativity from Galileo to Einstein

2005

An interactive exhibition running through the steps which led to the birth of contemporary physics.

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The Shapes of Numbers: A History of Polyhedrons from Plato to Poinsot, Passing through Luca Pacioli

2005

A striking journey through the shapes of numbers covering the period from Euclid’s codification (3rd century BC) to the threshold of non-Euclidean geometry (19th century).

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Beautiful Minds. Nobel Prizes: A Century of Creativity
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2004

The centennial exhibition of the Nobel Prize (in Italian only).

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Machina Mundi: Images and Measures of the Cosmos from Copernicus to Newton
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2004

A journey through the universe illustrating the various representations elaborated by astronomers and scientists between the 16th and 18th centuries.

Leonardo's Automobile
Website

2004

Digital reconstructions and working models of Leonardo da Vinci's self-propelled cart (in Italian only).

Vitrum: Glass between Science and Art in the Roman World
Website

2004

The making of glass objects and devices as a contribution to increasing the scientific and technological knowledge of antiquity and a basis for the “scientific” rediscovery of this material in the Renaissance.

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Cycling through Time
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2004

The most important phases in the development of two-wheeled vehicles, emphasizing their political and symbolic meaning in the context in which they appeared.

Time of Nature: Cyclic Nature and Non-Reversibility of Natural Phenomena

2003

A journey through the time of nature – from ultra-long periods since the Earth was formed and life evolved to ultra-short periods of chemical reactions.

Time Matter Space: Measuring Instruments from Antiquity to the Present Day

2003

Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman instruments are evidence of the long journey of mankind towards precise measurements of dimensions and time.